born March 17, 1578, Bologna, Papal States [Italy]
died October 1660, Bologna
Albani also spelled Albano, or I'abane Italian painter, one of the 17th-century
Bolognese masters trained in the studio of the Carracci. He assisted Guido Reni
in a number of major decorative cycles, including thatof the Chapel of the
Annunciation (1609–12) in the Quirinal Palace and the choir (1612–14) of Santa
Maria della Pace.
Albani lived for several years in Rome, where he had his own academy. There he
painted, after the designs of Annibale Carracci, the whole of the frescoes in
the Chapel of San Diego in the Church of San Giacomo degli Spagnuoli. His
best-known frescoes are on mythological subjects, such as the “Dance of the
Amorini” (c. 1625; Brera, Milan). In 1616 hereturned to Bologna, where he
remained except for visits to Mantua in 1621–22 and Florence in 1633.